So what's a girl to do after a leisurely breakfast of flaky croissant and Cuban coffee? The good news? There's lots to do in Key West. One thing I DON'T recommend? The Ernest Hemingway house:
1. The smell of male cat spray is potent.
2. Entry fee was $12. EACH. $24 can buy a lot of croissants and Cuban coffee. And can I tell you? It is the most popular tourist attraction in Key West. Over a half million people go through the house every year. That's $6 MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR alone in entry fees. And they ain't doin' a lot with all that money because,
3. There are no exhibits or interpretive material anywhere, only tour guides. The tour guides are actors speaking from a memorized script. And they repeatedly say nasty things about Hemingway's "Key West wife" (their words, not mine) Pauline - how she was angry when Hemingway built a fountain out of a urinal (supposedly) or how outrageous it was to build a pool using Ernest's money, when it was her uncle who bought the house for them in the first place. It happened enough to be really annoying.
I DO recommend the Key West lighthouse.
Blue Heaven. Enjoy.
Why do I live in New England? Someone please tell me.